The life-changing power of balancing your blood sugar

por Madeleine Barr-Hamilton

"Empowering you to wake up feeling amazing.

Ninety per cent of us suffer from too much glucose in our system – and most of us don’t know it.


The symptoms? Cravings, fatigue, infertility, acne, wrinkles... And over time, the development of conditions like type 2 diabetes, cancer and dementia.
Drawing on cutting-edge science and her own pioneering research, biochemist Jessie Inchauspé offers simple hacks to help you reverse your symptoms – without going on a diet or giving up the foods you love."

Source: www.glucosegoddess.com

 
I've been following @glucosegoddess on Instagram for a few months now and I have to say, I'm hooked. I'm definitely someone that finds myself waking up with a headache if I've eaten something very carb heavy or sweet the night before and I've typically found my energy dipping in the afternoon post lunch or snacks. I've tried following keto diets to help with headaches, fatigue and bloating but often find these diets short-lived and hard to stick to. Jessie Inchauspé shows how eating certain foods together and by eating foods in a particular order, can lead to lower glucose spikes and lower "sugar crashes" after.
Here are some of her top tips:
 
The Glucose Goddess Hacks

 Source: @glucosegoddess

 

None of the above sound particularly groundbreaking or exciting until you start to look at the graphs Jessie posts on her Insta page. I've known for a while that eating a whole apple rather than drinking a glass of apple juice (even if it's cold pressed and organic) will result in a lower glucose spike and crash because the fibre that comes with eating the whole fruit means that we process sugar as nature intended and less is absorbed into the blood stream.
Whole apple vs apple juice

Source: @glucosegoddess

 

I was less aware of how pairing foods like fats and carbs together can lead to lower spikes and crashes still.
Pear and peanut butter graph

Source: @glucosegoddess

 

But why do I care so much about balancing my glucose aside from just feeling tired. Spikes like the ones shown in the graphs lead to inflammation, ageing, a deregulation of our hormones, mood imbalances and much more. I could post pictures of blood glucose graphs all day long but go and see for yourself.

Visit the glucose goddess website or follow @glucosegoddess on Instagram for more tips.
Some of my favourites include eating a salad before something carb heavy like pizza, and by consuming apple cider vinegar before carby meals. I also love how the way cultures consume food over time shows all of these "hacks" in action - traditional Italian meals always start with salads, then meats, then pasta followed by dessert with plenty. of balsamic vinegar sprinkled in along the way. The western diet focusing on speed, convenience and calorie counting, leaves traditions behind, and with it we lose the wisdom of our ancestors.

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